Sep 8, 2008 113 reads by Navneet Kaushal

Soon after the release of Google Chrome, many users expressed their concern over the Terms of Service(TOS) for Google Chrome. The section 11 of the TOS stated that, Google will have the right to any user-generated content submitted, posted or displayed on or through the Chrome browser. Later Google came out with a statement, clarifying the confusion and stated that the Chrome TOS was common among many Google products and services. Then the 'TOS section 11' of Google Chrome was amended and looked something like this:

Amended TOS:

“11. Content license from you

11.You retain copyright and any other rights you already hold in Content which you submit, post or display on or through, the Services.”

However, now via the Official Google Blog, Google’s Senior Product Counsel, Mike Yang has stated that nowhere in the Google Chrome TOS, is Google trying to lay claim or rights to any content that would be displayed via Google Chrome.

As per the post, “To be clear: our terms do not claim ownership of your content — what you create is yours and remains yours. But in lawyer-speak, we need to ask for a ‘license’ (which basically means your permission) to display this content to the wider world when that’s what you intend. In some of our products, such as Gmail and Google Docs, we have included additional terms to make it clear that we do not claim ownership of the content. But even without those additional clarifications, we still wouldn't be claiming ownership of your content — just a license that gives us your permission to use the content to provide the service. The additional terms are there to reassure our users that they still own their own content, even after giving us the permission we need to help them share and collaborate with others, whether via Gmail, Blogger, YouTube, Google Docs, or other services.”

Navneet Kaushal

Navneet Kaushal

Navneet Kaushal is the founder and CEO of PageTraffic, an SEO Agency in India with offices in Chicago, Mumbai and London. A leading search strategist, Navneet helps clients maintain an edge in search engines and the online media. Navneet's expertise has established PageTraffic as one of the most awarded and successful search marketing agencies.
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